Well after a grand total of three days, my DVD drive seems to be fried. The system can detect it ( things like Nero Infotool seem to be able to see the device properly). The problem is that no type of CD or DVD can be read. Since this is my first slot load device, I was wondering if this is a common problem. The device seems to make more noise than I would expect when inserting it ( certainly more than a tray would make )...is that normal? Anyone with advice other than calling Asus support? Thanks.